The V&A takes on wedding dresses

New exhibition to open next year

What do Gwen Stefani, Dita von Teese and The Duchess of Cornwall have in common? Their wedding dresses are all set to be displayed in a big new exhibition at the V&A next year, Wedding Dresses 1775-2014.

As the title suggests the 80-piece exhibition won’t just take in modern outfits. The curator, Edwina Ehrman, has raided the museum’s extensive archives to find everything from one of the earliest examples of bridal gowns (a silk satin court dress, since you ask) through to gowns designed by Charles Worth, fashion’s first couturier, and dresses made from furnishing fabrics and parachute silks during the Second World War. And there are plenty of up-to-date pieces to fawn over to by everyone from Vera Wang and Lacroix to Lanvin and Vivienne Westwood.

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As well as taking a look at the evolution of the wedding dress the exhibition is also set to chart the history of the wedding itself, from a family orientated affair through to blow-the-budget celebrity gatherings - hence the inclusion of Gwen and Dita’s gowns. And it’s not all about the dress – everything from veils and jewellery to grooms’ outfits will be added to the mix too.

So whether you’re dream wedding is traditional or alternative, vintage-inspired or cutting edge, they’ve basically got all your wedding inspiration needs sewn up. And if, when you’ve finished, you’re in need of a spot more glamour, you’ll be able to pop to the next room where the museums other big fashion exhibition, The Glamour of Italian Fashion, will be show. Team V&A, you’re spoiling us.

Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 will open at the V&A Fashion Gallery (Gallery 40), from 3 May 2014 – 15 March 2015.

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